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The annual Diagonal Lions Club Labor Day celebration will feature three days filled with activities Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2.
Saturday, August 31
The fun gets underway Saturday evening with public serving of entries from the Diagonal Smoke meat smoking competition from 6-8 p.m.
Registration for the Fogle Lake Fun Run will begin at 7 p.m. with the run to follow. Inflatables will be open for the kids, and free glow sticks will be given away to all runners. The event is sponsored by the Diagonal PTO.
Sunday, September 1
The action really revs up Sunday as a full day of activities and contests are planned.
An outdoor church service is planned for 9 a.m. In case of rain, the service will be held at the church.
Registration for the car and motorcycle show will run from 9-11 a.m. with judging taking place at noon. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Vehicles will be on display around the Community Building.
The kids’ pedal pull will begin at 11 a.m.
The Warrior Dash will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the pulling track.
The first of many Labor Day pulls – the lawn mower pull – will run from 1-2 p.m. in the park.
A fishing derby for kids ages 5-16 will begin at Fogle Lake at 2:30 p.m. Poles will be available, and prizes will be awarded.
The tractor distance pull will begin at 3:30 p.m. and last all evening. Trucks and tractors will compete in 10 different divisions with over $5,000 in prize money awarded.
A bean bag toss tournament will get underway on the Community Building lawn at 4:30 p.m.
The annual fireworks spectacular will light up the night skies following the conclusion of the tractor pull at approximately 9:30 p.m. Viewing from Fogle Lake is recommended.
Monday, September 2
The “Mammoth Parade” will get under way at 10 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “Rain or Shine, We Have a Good Time.” The theme references last year’s Labor Day celebration that was nearly washed out from heavy rain.
The dirt track bike races begin at 11:30 a.m.
The three-on-three basketball tournament gets underway at noon. Competitors of all ages are asked to sign up under the water tower at 10 a.m.
Free watermelon will be served Monday afternoon.
At 1 p.m. the garden tractor pull for youth 14 and under will be held at the top of Main Street. The competition is open to those capable of all operation with no help.
The pickup and farm tractor distance pull will begin at 1 p.m. Competition is open to stock and modified two-wheel and four-wheel drive pickups and diesel and farm tractors.
A nickle scramble for the kids will take place at 4 p.m.
The ducks in the Duck Regatta will be released at 5 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded with the first place prize earning $1,000, second $500, third $250, fourth $100 and fourth through tenth earning $50. Tickets will be available up to 4 p.m. Monday, the day of the race.
Besides the scheduled events, a number of other activities will run both Sunday and Monday. These include a junior class fund raiser with kids games, face painting and a space pillow.
Bingo will run from 7-8:30 p.m. both days. In addition to the regular games, two daily games will be worth $50 in prize money.
Another popular activity, the 50/50 drawing will again be held this year.
The Printing Museum and Genealogy Center will be open Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food will be available at all times in the park.